Satnews Daily
December 14th, 2015

NSR... The Polar Region Isn't Just For Bears... Sea Lanes, Oil & Gas + Mining + More

[Satnews] The Polar Region has gained attention in recent years, specifically in the enterprise sector with the opening of sea lanes and opportunities presented by key industries such as oil & gas, mining and commercial airlines increasing the number of flights using the Polar route. Tourism has likewise led to consumer oriented opportunities as the number of Arctic & Antarctic visitors rises annually. 



Yet, the region’s geography presents technical and coverage challenges for satellite operators that must assess the risks associated in launching capacity dedicated to serving the region.  Economic conditions are likewise tenuous as exploration has diminished in the once highly promising oil & gas sector, which was a key market driver for satellite investments.

This industry benchmark NSR report assesses current and future Polar satellite requirements by application, vertical and by frequency platform, offering key insights for industry players looking to navigate and gain insights into the market’s future supply and demand potential. The report enables satellite operators, service providers and equipment vendors to anticipate market developments and assess their market position in both existing and new segments that offer either long-term revenue opportunities or a highly risky investment.

This report answers the key questions concerning the Polar market:

  • How is the Polar demand picture per application changing and evolving?
  • Should the satellite industry invest in the region or continue to regard it as an incremental or incidental opportunity?
  • What is the “right” or optimal supply mix that best serve or maximize ROI over a 10-15 year period?
  • Should the satellite industry evolve or provide a game change in order to spur growth and increase its competitive position within key applications?
  • What are the revenue prospects per application and vertical?
  • How are long-term pricing trends affected by the interplay of Polar supply and demand in a potentially changing landscape and solution mix?

The study is a valuable resource that:

  • Provides insights into where the demand picture is heading per application
  • Analyzes the relationship between demand, supply, fill rates and price movements
  • Shows a detailed assessment of frequency choices

Key assessments undertaken include:

  • Metrics that show possible migration and evolution of the solution mix
  • Application-specific  assessment of satellite services
  • Analysis of whether new capacity will change the market opportunity

Detailed Analysis Backed by Industry Input & NSR Expertise

The detailed assessment of the Polar market relies on the latest results reported as well as input from key vendors that are currently the market leaders serving the Polar region. This provides a solid quantitative and qualitative basis from which a comprehensive analysis of trends and market forecasts can be drawn.